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September 13: Secretary Jeh Johnson - Former Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson was appointed as Secretary of Homeland Security in 2013 by President Obama and was confirmed by the Senate with a 78-16 vote. Mr. Johnson served until the end of the Obama administration. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of Defense. During the Clinton administration Johnson served as General Counsel of the Air Force. From 1989 until 1991 he served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Johnson is a partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and was with that firm between service periods in the government. Jeh Johnson earned a BA from Morehouse College and a JD from Columbia University. He is the grandson of sociologist and Fisk University President Charles S. Johnson. The State of our Homeland Security, 17 Years after 9/11


October 11: Richard W. Stevenson - Senior Editor, New York Times Richard Stevenson is a senior editor at The New York Times and serves as enterprise editor in the Washington bureau, overseeing a team of investigative reporters. He has been with The Times for more than three decades as a reporter and editor in a wide variety of assignments. “Journalism in the Age of Populism”


November 08: Will Englund - Assignment Editor, Washington Post A native of Pleasantville, NY, Mr. Englund joined The Sun, of Baltimore, in 1977. He and his wife, Kathy Lally, worked for the Glasgow Herald as part of a Fulbright scholarship in 1988, and were foreign correspondents in Moscow for The Sun from 1991–1995 and from 1997-2001. They were Moscow correspondents for the Washington Post in from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Englund has also worked as White House correspondent for National Journal. Mr. Englund earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a masters in journalism from Columbia University. "Russia, the Vote, and Fake News"


December 13: Ambassador Daniel Fried, former Asst. Secretary of State Ambassador Fried retired from the State Department last year after 40 years of distinguished service. Among his many roles were Special Assistant to President Clinton on the National Security Council; US Ambassador to Poland; Principal Deputy Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States; Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Assistant Secretary of State for European  and Eurasian Affairs; and Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department. “The Sanctions Tool: Do’s, Don'ts, and the Russia Challenge”


January 10: Professor Alan McPherson, Temple University Before teaching at Temple Mr. McPherson taught at University of Oklahoma and Howard University. He has been a Fellow at Harvard University and twice a Fulbright Fellow. “Why Latin America Still Matters”


February 14: Philip Zelikow Professor Zelikow, the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at UVA, is a former Foreign Service Officer and served on the National Security Council under George H. W. Bush. From 1991 until 1998 Professor Zelikow taught public policy at Harvard. “America and the Commonwealth of Free Nations”


March 14: Prof. Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University Law Professor Rosa Brooks, a former UVA School of Law professor, teaches international law, national security, constitutional law, and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center. From 2009 to 2011 Ms. Brooks served as Counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and founded the Defense Department’s Office for the Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. In 2011 she was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything”


April 11: Ambassador Dennis Ross Ambassador Dennis Ross is William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Previously he had a distinguished career as a diplomat and security advisor. He served as special assistant to President Obama and as special advisor to Secretary Clinton. Ambassador Ross was US point person for the Middle East peace process for both Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. During the Reagan administration, he served as Director of Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council. Challenges in the Middle East


May 09: Robert Zoellick, Past President, The World Bank Mr. Zoellick is the former President of The World Bank, serving in that role from 2007 until 2012. Previously he was Under Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006 and U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Zoellick has been a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs since 2012 and is currently a Senior Counselor at Brunswick Group and non-executive Chairman of the Board of AllianceBernstein. "The Changing World Economic Geography”